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Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

1. Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Depart Lucerne and relax aboard a comfortable coach on the drive to Kriens. Then, climb aboard the panoramic gondolas and journey to Fräkmüntegg to board the aerial Dragon Ride cable car up the mountain. Get magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks from the panoramic windows. Arrive at the top of Mt. Pilatus, 2,132 meters above sea level and feel like a bird as you survey your surroundings. Hike to the summit or venture down the Dragon Trail where dragons with healing powers were thought to live in the Middle Ages. Relax on the panoramic terrace and take in the magnificent vistas of the mountains and lakes. Eat at one of the restaurants to enjoy lunch on top of the world. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Arrive in Alpnachstad to embark on a 1-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

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From Lucerne: Self-Guided Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip

2. From Lucerne: Self-Guided Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip

See the sights of Mount Pilatus at your own pace with a self-guided tour from Lucerne. Journey along the famous "golden round trip" and travel by lake boat, cogwheel train, aerial gondola, and bus. Start the journey with a lake cruise from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, then hop on the world's steepest cogwheel train, Pilatus Railway, to reach Mount Pilatus (May to November only). Spend some time taking in the views before traveling back down the mountain in an aerial gondola to Kriens. Finish the journey with a bus ride back to Lucerne. Enjoy a fully customizable itinerary that allows you to stop and enjoy the views at any of the stops for as long as you wish. You'll receive one simple email with all the instructions and tickets required for your journey.

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From Zurich: Lucerne & Pilatus Mountain Tour with Lunch

3. From Zurich: Lucerne & Pilatus Mountain Tour with Lunch

Journey to Mount Pilatus – a mystical, white-winter paradise – and enjoy lunch at a cosy restaurant with spectacular views overlooking the Swiss Alps and the city of Lucerne. From Zürich, take a scenic coach journey through the beautiful countryside and along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. See the main sights of this charming town. Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the old town before continuing to Kriens. Take the panoramic gondolas and aerial cableway to the summit of Mt. Pilatus (7000ft / 2132m). At the peak, a mystical, white-winter paradise awaits you with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lakes! Warm up in the self-service restaurant Bellevue on top of Mt. Pilatus with a lunch voucher (worth CHF 20) of your choice. According to the legend, kind dragons used to inhabit this mountain! Discover the Dragon Path and enjoy the spectacular alpine panorama.

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From Lucerne: Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip

4. From Lucerne: Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip

See the beautiful Mount Pilatus, a large mountain overlooking Lucerne. Reach the top of the mountain with the Pilatus Railway, operating from May to November, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, from Alpnachstad. Take the classic “Golden Round Trip”, beginning with the lake boat from Lucerne across to Alpnachstad. Ride the cogwheel railway up Mount Pilatus, with a tour guide who is familiar with the area. Return down the mountain on the aerial cableways and panorama gondolas, which run year-round depending on weather, to Kriens where a bus awaits for the return trip to Lucerne. Be accompanied by a guide for the entire trip, who will answer questions and give information about the country and its people as the tour goes on.

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Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Titlis 2-Day Tour from Zurich

5. Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Titlis 2-Day Tour from Zurich

Discover a paradise of snow and ice in the dramatic landscapes of central Switzerland on a 2-day tour of Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Titlis from Zurich. Day 1: Mt. Pilatus Relax on the scenic bus journey from Zurich to Lucerne. Take a short city tour on arrival to marvel at landmarks such as the Chapel Bridge before enjoying some time to explore the Old Town on your own. Continue to Kriens to ride the cable car to the summit of Mt. Pilatus, where breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Lucerne await. Check-in to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a 3-course seasonal dinner at one of the resort's restaurants. Day 2: Mt. Titlis Descend Mt. Pilatus by cable car after breakfast, and catch the public bus from Kriens to Lucerne. Meet your guide on arrival for the scenic bus drive to Engelberg and Mt. Titlis. Gaze in awe at the deep crevasses and gigantic ice boulders of the glacier on board the revolving cable car. Soak up the panoramic vistas at the top of Mt. Titlis as you enjoy lunch on the sun terrace of one of the restaurants at your own expense. Visit the Ice Grotto or ride the Ice Flyer close to the crevasses, discover Europe’s highest suspension bridge in the Glacier Park and more. Return to Lucerne to continue to Zurich, where your adventure ends.

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From Zurich: Private Pilatus Golden Round Trip & Lake Cruise

6. From Zurich: Private Pilatus Golden Round Trip & Lake Cruise

Start your day of adventure by meeting your friendly and informative guide at your hotel in Zürich. After a short meet and greet you will head with your guide to the closest train station, first stop, Lucerne.   Upon arrival in Lucerne, you will accompany your tour guide onto a boat. From here, setting off from the wharf, you will partake in a 1-hour boat cruise around Lake Lucerne, a truly scenic introduction to this magical city. Enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and the unique view of the city from the water. After your boat cruise, you will arrive in Alpnachstad where you will board the cogwheel railway. The Pilatus railway operates from May until October (depending on weather conditions, especially snow) and is the world's steepest cogwheel railway. This 35-minute journey will see you traveling 464-meters above sea level to the top of Mt. Pilatus, where panoramic views await you.  Upon arrival at the top, you will be guided on a walking trip through the rock formation where you will see hidden military artifacts. Alternatively, you can climb up the stairs to the panoramic platform and enjoy the scenery around you. Your tour guide will take you through the gallery of the dragons and explain some of Pilatus' folklore. After your sightseeing tour, you will have the chance to enjoy your lunch in one of two restaurants. You will spend the remaining time in this location with the freedom to do as you please before you descend back to town. Before you leave Lucerne, you will also take a gondola ride down to Fräkmüntegg where you will soar above the trees and meadows to the suburb of Kriens. After this, you will catch transport back to your original starting destination. 

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From Basel: Private Pilatus Golden Tour with Lake Cruise

7. From Basel: Private Pilatus Golden Tour with Lake Cruise

Start your tour with pickup at your accommodation and make your way to the train station in Basel. An intercity train will take you in 1 hour to central Lucerne, where you'll board a boat for a 1-hour cruise on Lake Lucerne. Enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains and and the waterfront of the city.  Arrive in Alpnachstad, where you'll switch to the cogwheel railway. The Pilatus railway operates between May and October and is the world's steepest cogwheel railway. The 35-minute journey takes you from 464 meters above sea level to the top of Mount Pilatus, at 2128 meters above sea level. At the top, your tour guide will show you some hidden military objects. Alternatively, you can climb up the stairs to the panoramic platform and enjoy the vast scenery. Your tour guide will take you through the gallery of dragons and tell you a myth about Mount Pilatus.  After the sightseeing tour, enjoy lunch in one of the two restaurants, where your tour guide will happily join you. Afterwards, take some free time to spend as you wish before you begin your descent. A panoramic gondola will take you down to Fräkmüntegg, where you will change to the 4-seat gondola. This section takes you above trees and meadows and down to the suburb Kriens. Head back to central Lucerne for your return trip back to Basel on an intercity train. Once back in Basel, your tour guide will accompany you to your accommodation. 

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From Luzern: Small Group Trip to Mount Pilatus

8. From Luzern: Small Group Trip to Mount Pilatus

Travel from Luzern to Mount Pilatus on a view-laden circuit that includes a lake cruise, cogwheel train, and an aerial cableway. Let your guide show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Head to the massive multi-peaked Mount Pilatus which looms over Lucerne. Take a lake boat from Luzern across to Alpnachstad. Next, hop aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway which is in operation from May to November. Go back down on the aerial cableways from Kriens which operate all year round. Snap pictures of the panoramic views from the cableways. Return to Luzern by bus.

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Mount Pilatus Private Winter Photo Tour from Lucerne

9. Mount Pilatus Private Winter Photo Tour from Lucerne

Depart Lucerne and travel by bus towards the dramatic peaks of Mount Pilatus overlooking the city and Lake Lucerne. Ascend the mountain on the spectacular Dragon Ride aerial cableway to reach an altitude of 2,132 meters above sea level. Get jaw-dropping views from the panoramic windows of the cableway that will make you feel like you are flying.  Soak up the sun once your reach the peak of Pilatus Kulm, and then go for a short hike along the Dragon’s Path or up to the summit to take photos of the extraordinary surroundings. Descend by aerial cableway to take the public bus back to Lucerne. Travel along the shores of the picturesque lake, set against an impressive mountain backdrop. Encounter architectural gems and historic sights that date back centuries, such as the much-photographed Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) in Lucerne city center. Experience the city's old-world charm and get tips on how to photograph the winter paradise on your camera.

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Mt. Pilatus: Private Day Hike

10. Mt. Pilatus: Private Day Hike

Every visitor to Lucerne is determined to conquer the towering Mt. Pilatus, Lucerne's signature mountain, and to experience the world’s steepest cogwheel train. With this tour, you can do both without breaking a sweat. Begin the day with a scenic 40-minute ride aboard a yellow postal bus from Lucerne, and wind your way up to the alpine village of Schwarzenberg at the foot of the Mount Pilatus. From this conclave of farmhouses nestled in the Alpine meadows, start your leisurely 1.5-hour hike through the pine needle forests and green pastures. Rest for lunch at a local alpine restaurant or with a picnic at a nearby meadow, and then travel to the top of Mt. Pilatus aboard a Pilatus gondola as well as an aerial tram. Once on top, hike the famed Flower Trail to the top of Tomlishorn, Mt. Pilatus' highest peak, and take in the spectacular views of the icy peaks of the Swiss Alps along the way, and then begin your return trip to Lucerne. Descend to Alpnachstad on the world’s steepest cog wheel train, and then board a lake steamer for a relaxing cruise across Lake Lucerne.

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What people are saying about Pilatus

The overall experience was fantastic. Our guide was friendly and courteous. We were confused about why the lake cruise schedule was not flexible as it was a beautiful sunny day. The voucher given was not as great as the boat ride would have been.

Everything was great-picturesque landscape, easy transport, breathtaking views- but especially our guide Michelle was amazing, as a guide and as a person! Thank you for everything Michelle!

Unfortunately, due to the time we went, we went up and back on the cog railway. It was still spectacular!! A must do when in Lucerne for sure!

Guide was very knowledgeable. Trip was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone staying in Lucerne

Excellent tour! it's a must if you're visiting Lucerne.